As mentioned last week, Old Pulteney have had some of a reboot. This new collection signals an evolution for the brand, with a renewed vigour around the maritime malt yet staying true to Old Pulteney’s rich heritage and traditions. This introduction supports a wider drive to ensure strong consumer relevance and appeal, with the new whiskies consistent with the renowned house style and provenance; yet bringing some new flavours to the fore. This 15-year-old expression is matured in second fill American oak, ex-bourbon casks, followed by a period of further maturation in first fill Spanish oak, ex Oloroso butts. Uniting spice and sweetness together, its flavour evokes Christmas cake and fragrant spices, with layers of chocolate and a distinct dark toffee sweetness, whilst the finish delivers a hint of salty sea air.
On the nose: you’ll get an invitingly warm waft of toffee, raisins, butterscotch and vanilla. These are closely followed by notes of citrus and oatmeal. Notes of all-spice, black pepper and cardamom start to emerge, as well as oranges, cinnamon and nutmeg. The nose is nicely rounded off by notes of herbs, brown sugar, sea salt fennel seeds and a hint of smoke. On the palate: you’ll get a lovely sweet taste of toffee, alongside a warm creamy, buttery note, cinnamon and nutmeg. Those citrus notes are also present on the palate, as well as that oatmeal and vanilla. There is a welcomed note of salty caramel and musky note that can only be likened to old leather. Completing the palate are notes of green herbs, bitter dark chocolate, coffee and woodland oak. The finish: is long, smooth, peppery and buttery, with lingering notes of smoke and oak.
The verdict: Like I said last week, I do quite enjoy a dram of Old Pulteney, easy to drink with tonnes of enjoyable flavour, with its signature saltiness. This 15yo drop, has loads of character and is punchy from the outset. It’s nicely balance with those fragrant spices nicely interacting with the fruitier notes. Bottled at an ABV of 46%, in my opinion, it doesn’t require any water in my opinion. However, I’d suggestion you try it without water and then gauge if any is required to suit your palate.
Old Pulteney 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be found online or in-store at any well-stocked whisky shop for approximately £75.
For more information on Old Pulteney’s Single Malt Scotch, check out their official website.